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Ukraine strikes refinery 746 miles inside Russia

Ukraine broke records with a long-distance strike on Russia on Thursday, hitting a target 746 miles from the border.

A Ukrainian defence source said the drone attack, which hit an oil refinery in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, was the SBU security service’s work and was carried out at a “record range”.

The source added that the drone had flown a total distance of 1,500 kilometres.

“The SBU has once again proved it has powerful technological solutions that help to inflict painful blows on the enemy,” the source said.

Earlier it was reported that Ukrainian drones struck two oil depots in Russia causing large-scale fires.

A Ukrainian intelligence official said that the oil depots were used as transportation hubs to supply troops in the nearby occupied peninsula of Crimea.

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Britain will not back Rafah operation ‘without clear plan to save lives’

Lord Cameron has asked Israel for a “very clear plan” for how civilians will be protected in its operation in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.  

“On Rafah, we are clear that we would not support some major operation in Rafah unless there was a very clear plan for how to protect people and save lives, and all the rest of it,” the Foreign Secretary said. 

“We have not seen that plan, so in the circumstances we will not support a major operation in Rafah.”

It comes after Joe Biden threatened to halt weapon shipments to Israel if it launches an invasion of Britain. 

Lord Cameron said the scale of Britain’s arms exports to Israel was different to the US. 

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Hugh Grant accuses Apple of destroying human experience with iPad advert

Hugh Grant has accused Apple of “the destruction of the human experience” amid a backlash after the tech giant crushed musical instruments and art in an iPad advert.

The minute-long advert for the tech giant’s new iPad Pro shows pianos, guitars and sculptures being squashed by an industrial press, in a reference to the thinness of the new models and the array of tasks artists can supposedly accomplish with the device.

However, when Apple chief Tim Cook posted the ad on the social network X, it was besieged by thousands of negative responses. Mr Grant wrote: “The destruction of the human experience. Courtesy of Silicon Valley.”

Authors, designers, artists and musicians joined the criticism of Silicon Valley company, with some dubbing it “dystopian”.

Critics contrasted the new advert to Apple’s celebrated 1984 advert based on the George Orwell book of the same name, in which the company presented itself as a rebellious antidote to a status quo represented by its then-rival IBM.

One user, James Clark, said that the advert from 40 years ago represented a “monochrome, conformist, industrial world exploded by colourful, vibrant human”, while the new advert represented humanity being crushed.

Christopher Slevin, the creative director of marketing agency Inkling Culture, wrote on LinkedIn: “Apple’s new iPad spot is essentially them turning into the thing they said they were out to destroy in the 1984 ad.”

Paul Graham, the founder of the Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator, said that Mr Cook’s predecessor, Steve Jobs, “wouldn’t have shipped that ad. It would have pained him too much to watch.”

Several users reversed the video so it played backwards, showing instruments, books, video games consoles and artwork rebounding to life, generating positive responses.

The video comes at a sensitive time for creative professionals’ relationship with the tech industry. Record labels and authors have sued tech companies for using their output to train artificial intelligence systems, which they say is a copyright violation.

Apple has not released an AI chatbot like ChatGPT, but is expected to feature so-called generative AI features in the next version of its iPhone software.

The new advert was intended to promote the latest iPad Pro the company unveiled on Monday, at a time when the company is seeking to boost flagging sales. iPad revenues fell by 17pc in the most recent quarter.

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